Positive Reinforcement (Writing Challenge Day 5)

(based on Miko Tizon’s Zoo)

 

FORTUNE is running around the playpark. Frisky, he claws his way up a pole, only to jump down after a few steps. He rushed towards the wall and started clawing it using his declawed paws.

 

RUFUS enters.

 

RUFUS

Fortune? Fortune! You damn cat, stop doing that. Fortune!

 

Rufus goes to Fortune and drags him away from the wall.

 

FORTUNE

Rufus! Uncle Rufus, I didn’t smell you – see you. I didn’t see you.

 

RUFUS

You kids are supposed to be under the avian chambers.

 

FORTUNE

I don’t like it there! It’s so molty and feathery and full of bird poop –

 

RUFUS

Go now.

 

FORTUNE

No. I don’t want to.

 

RUFUS

I’m going to count to five.

 

FORTUNE

No.

 

RUFUS

One.

 

FORTUNE

No.

 

RUFUS

Two.

 

FORTUNE

Make me.

 

RUFUS

Three.

 

FORTUNE

Why are you adults so mean?

 

RUFUS

Four.

 

FORTUNE

No.

 

RUFUS

Four and a half.

 

FORTUNE

Please, just five more minutes, then I’ll slink off to that aviary like a good kitty-boy.

 

RUFUS

(exasperated yet jovial)

Fine. Five minutes, but I’m watching you.

 

Fortune miaows and runs around the park once more. Rufus chases him.

 

RUFUS

Not so loud, boy.

 

FORTUNE

Tell me another story, Uncle Rufus.

 

RUFUS

Now’s not the time.

 

FORTUNE

Please. Please please please please. I want to hear about the war again, how you got that bandage by your tail.

 

RUFUS

War stories aren’t for little kids, Fortune.

 

FORTUNE

Not fair. You adults always belittle me.

 

RUFUS

Be happy that I picked you up, not the other canine soldiers. You want your Uncle Chris to spank you again? Do you? Do you?

 

FORTUNE

No, Uncle Rufus.

 

Rufus sits by the swings.

 

FORTUNE

Why is everyone so excited today? Is there a party? Are we finally going to be let out?

 

RUFUS

Yes, Fortune, yes. If you behave yourself today, the good man from the government will come here, he’ll take a look at this place and see how nice little kitty-boys like you behave. Then he’ll let you go. You’ll get to see the malls again. You want that? You’ll be able to buy your own chocolate.

 

FORTUNE

Yes! Yes, Uncle Rufus, yes. I’ll buy chocolates. I’ll buy chocolate for everyone – for Ric, for the guard, for pretty Aunt Helen at the cafe, for grouchy Uncle Chris and for you, Uncle Rufus. I’ll buy you a nice big chocolate bar. And a bone, too.

 

RUFUS

Rascal.

 

FORTUNE

If the chocolate outside is tastier than the one’s here, the bones should be, too.

 

RUFUS

Yes, yes. The bones outside, indeed. Lying around, turpid smell, the flesh curiously removed.

 

FORTUNE

You’re scaring me, Uncle Rufus.

 

RUFUS

I’m sorry, dear boy. Listen, if you behave yourself today, I promise, you’ll be able to go out and buy your own chocolates.

 

FORTUNE

Okay.

 

RUFUS

You promise to be good and go to the avian chamber for little kitty-boys?

 

FORTUNE

I promise, Uncle Rufus.

 

RUFUS

You’re a good kid, Fortune. You deserve your chocolate.

 

Commotion is heard.

 

RUFUS

What the -? He’s here early. Damn! Fortune, listen kid, no time. Do not leave this spot. Hide, okay? Even if you see others get hurt, hide! Be a good kitty-boy. Stay here, do not be seen, do not be heard.

 

FORTUNE

What is going on, Uncle Rufus?

 

RUFUS

Remember the chocolate, kid. Remember the chocolate.

 

FORTUNE

Is everything alright –

 

RUFUS

Everything’s fine. The good man from the government’s here already. We’ll take care of this. You want chocolate? Promise to stay put.

 

FORTUNE

Uncle Rufus?

 

RUFUS
Yes?

 

FORTUNE

Will everything be okay?

 

RUFUS

When have I ever lied to you, kid? Now, be a good kitty-boy, okay? Good kitty-boys will always get the chocolate. Remember that, kid. Good kitty-boys will always get the chocolate.

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